While the pandemic has given us opportunities to grow as believers and as a Christian community in ways we have not thought of in the past, there is also a worrying trend.
A good number amongst us are now accustomed to not giving full attention to the service and the sermon. We have gotten used to – and I must add, quite happily used to a casual can talk, can walk around, can snack, can do anything I want attitude while half-heartedly watching the church service online. Is this our worship now? Are we truly learning from God’s Word?
The other worrying thing is that many amongst us are slow to return to church even when church services are gradually being restored (following government guidelines of course). We have gotten used to the convenience of not getting out of the house to go to church (but we will get out to shop, eat and do other leisurely and entertaining things – and post pictures of our adventures on FB or Instagram!) We seem to have found ourselves an official excuse not to go back to the physical gathering of God’s people to worship the Lord.
What have we become? Have we played right into the hands of the enemy and allowed the church to be fragmented? What if church services do not return to what they used to be before the pandemic for another year, two years or longer? Are we going to just continue watching church services on an LED screen or will we do something that would actually help us to continue to grow as disciples of Christ and not only to grow but to keep making disciples?
Consider what the author of Hebrews said in Heb.10:24,25 – “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another —and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”